I think I've been pretty clear in my blog and in my life that I detest fad diets. I abhor the idea of "cleanses."
I'm going to add to the list of things that I do not like: DietBet.
Why not? For one simple reason: if you do not lose 4% of your original body weight, you lose the bet (except in the case of no one reaching the 4%, then the highest percentage wins). If you lose 3% of your original body weight, you do not get to share in the winnings. You get nothing. Even worse, you're out your original investment. There are a million ways to lose weight in an unhealthy manner. DietBet does not judge whether you've improved your health or whether you've gained muscle. You could lose fat and gain muscle and still not get your 4% weight loss! Wouldn't that suck? Your pants fit better but you'd still lose the bet because of one misleading metric. You could have a horrible case of the flu and not be able to eat for two weeks and you could reach your 4% goal.
DietBet approached me in January and asked me if I'd like to host a bet, and I declined because not only did I not want to take part in a competition where weight was deciding factor, but I didn't want to put that kind of pressure on the people I care about. I still think you're a winner if you don't lose a single pound, but are eating well, exercising joyfully, and dealing with the issues that made you unhealthy in the first place.
To be clear here, I actually don't like most forms of competition dieting. I think it promotes unhealthy behaviors in the guise of a competition. It's a very important distinction that I've tried to make with #GoTheDist -- you set up your individual goals, compete against yourself, and your reward is something you give yourself. It is not based on results, but behaviors. Did you set out to do what you said you would do? And a very important question for #GoTheDist is "Can you be proud of your behaviors even if you don't reach 100% of your goal?"It's so very disheartening to see DietBet's ability to infiltrate the weight loss/health gain community. People like the idea of getting a cut of the proceeds when they host, people like the idea of splitting the pot, of being in competition. I understand the psychology behind that. But I would beg of you to really ask yourself whether weight loss is the only way you could consider yourself succeeding -- or if your success can be measured by other means.
If your success can only be measured by pounds lost, I would then ask "Where is the finish line? Are you sure you'd be happy there?"
If your success can be measured by other means -- I'd love to hear what metric gets you most excited.